Friday, July 31, 2009

More Cherry-Picking in Congress

So many politicians remind me of the right-wing religious fanatics who believe the bible is the infallible word of God, and that cherry-picking from it is unacceptable, and yet, they themselves are picking a lot of cherries.

Republicans are horrified at the prospect of a public health insurance option and the level of fear-mongering is astounding, not to mention the complete and total bullshit being spewed by some. Abortion continues to be a hot potato.
The amendment said abortion could not be included in the “essential benefits package” to be defined by the government. Further, it said insurers would not be required or forbidden to cover abortion. But, it says, in every part of the country, the government must ensure that there is at least one plan that covers abortion and at least one that does not.

Under the bill, health plans would receive federal subsidies to help pay premiums for low-income people. But under the amendment, subsidies could not be used to pay for abortions.

Democrats described the amendment as a compromise. But Representative Phil Gingrey, Republican of Georgia, who opposed the amendment, said, “We don’t compromise on the use of taxpayer funds for the destruction of human life.”

Oh, really? I beg to differ.
The average cost of defending a trial in a federal death case is $620,932, about 8 times that of a federal murder case in which the death penalty is not sought.


A New Jersey Policy Perspectives report concluded that the state's death penalty has cost taxpayers $253 million since 1983, a figure that is over and above the costs that would have been incurred had the state utilized a sentence of life without parole instead of death.


Florida would save $51 million each year by punishing all first-degree murderers with life in prison without parole, according to estimates by the Palm Beach Post. Based on the 44 executions Florida has carried out since 1976, that amounts to an approximate cost of $24 million for each execution.

Representative Phil Gingrey, the absurdity of your comment is right under your nose. You and others need to lay off the cherries.

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